KTM has unveiled the updated 1390 Super Duke R and the 1390 Super Duke R Evo for the international market to celebrate the fact that 2024 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Duke nameplate. The motorcycles have been upgraded with lighter Michelin Power GP-covered 17-inch wheels, a new LED headlight unit, winglets, tank spoilers, and more. Both models are equipped with a five-inch bonded glass TFT screen, which allows you to go through the different riding modes and keep a tab on essential information such as speed, tyre pressure, etc. Both bikes are powered by a 1350cc LC8 engine, based on the LC8 V-twin (1,301cc) mill from the 1290 Super Duke R, which produces an incredible 187bhp. KTM achieved this power increase by maintaining the previous stroke of 71mm and enlarging the bore from 108mm to 110mm, resulting in a 49cc displacement expansion. Let's take a closer look at other specifications of these newly revealed bikes.
KTM 1390 Super Duke R and 1390 Super Duke R Evo: Hardware and Mechanical Details
The technical upgrades include a revamped ram air system, shorter throttle bodies, and an updated airbox. The redesigned fuel tank now holds 17.5 litres – 1.5 litres more than the previous model. Fifth and sixth gears have been updated to widen the speed range, and the chassis has been upgraded with fully adjustable 48mm WP Apex forks and a single shock suspended on the standard trellis frame. The 1390 Super Duke R Evo features the latest WP Semi-Active Technology (SAT) for suspension. This system, with electronically controlled magnetic valves, offers a wide range of modifications, from comfort to track-ready rigidity. The SCU (Suspension Control Unit) uses data from stroke sensors and the IMU to adjust damping rates in real-time through magnetic valves, based on the selected ride mode (Auto, Comfort, Rain, Street, or Sport), riding surface, and rider style. Two additional modes, Track and Pro, can be accessed by upgrading to the Suspension Pro pack.
In addition, three preload options (Low, Standard, and High) and an Anti-Dive setting can be unlocked with the optional Suspension Pro pack. The pack also include a Factory Start feature, which lowers the rear end when the bike stops, similar to ride height devices used in Grand Prix motorcycles.
As mentioned, the updated 1350cc V-twin engine on the bikes delivers an astounding 187bhp and 145Nm of torque. In addition to the increased capacity, the engine gets an all-new cam shift integrated into the cylinder heads. According to KTM, the purpose of installing a new cam shift system is to produce a wider dispersion of power and torque.
KTM 1390 Super Duke R, 1390 Super Duke R Evo: Features
The features include a 5-inch TFT display, an upgraded Suspension Pro module for the 1390 Super Duke R Evo, updated Performance and Track modes for both models with a lap timer, and telemetry metrics. Additional features include five-level adjustable Engine Brake Control, five-level adjustable anti-wheelie mode, and cruise control.
KTM 1390 Super Duke R, 1390 Super Duke R Evo: Availability
The KTM 1390 Super Duke R and its formidable sibling are expected to be available for purchase in Europe soon. So far, no information has been revealed regarding the arrival of these bikes in our market, but it's likely to be revealed soon.